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Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
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Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 14 8:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Pizza oven.  Reply with quote    

Nick wrote:
Following a discussion elsewhere on here, and a request in the Oscars voting, I'm linking here to some very comprehensive plans for a pizza oven. They're free, and perhaps a little over engineered, but the theory appears sound. It's on my to-do list. And I understand Gervase is building one for his darling, too.

http://www.fornobravo.com/store/Pompeii-Oven-Instruction-eBook-V2.0-pdf-p-16249.html

You have to register to download them, and it can take 24 hours for the link to come through, but it's hassle free aside from that.


http://www.fornobravo.com/pompeii_oven/pompeii_oven.html

These have moved and I wanted to update the link.

Cathryn



Joined: 16 Jul 2005
Posts: 19829
Location: Ceredigion
PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 14 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

One day you might need one of these. One day.


Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 33659
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 14 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Indeed. I thought id just won a set on ebay but it turns out it's had been sold elsewhere.

Onward and downward.

Woo



Joined: 19 Sep 2011
Posts: 780
Location: Mayenne, Pays de Loire
PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 14 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nick wrote:
Perhaps spouses shouldn't generate such long, arduous, unnecessary and demanding lists of Jobs That Need Doing.

You know, just thinking out loud here.


My Favorite aunt told me to always write your to do list on a wall you would like painting!

Not that it works with my OH

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 33659
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 15 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Obviously, this was finished years ago. No project could take this long. However, I've, erm, only just found my camera. Or something.

Following construction of a 4 inch concrete base, complete with steel bars for strength and a nuclear proof block stand, I poured concrete, again with steel, onto some ply shuttering. The top was levelled, and thermal blocks from storage heaters create a platform for the oven to rest on. They also form the floor of the oven.

More, similar blocks are used to create the walls of the oven, and then wood supports were put in as more blocks started to create the dome.



You can just about see them here.



Then, the expensive part of the build was a ceramic kiln blanket. This is laid over the top and provides massive insulation. It's about an inch thick and keeps the heat in.



After the blanket, I put a couple of inches of concrete mixed with vermiculite over the whole dome, and then rendered with regular concrete.

The door is cast iron, and came from an old oven, or similar, and just serves to keep the heat in. It allows plenty of airflow and heat, smoke and waste gas shoots up the chimney.



I lit a fire every day, starting with a tiny one, moving up to a full scale one over a period of a week to dry the oven out, once it had been standing, complete, for a week or so.



Now, I can light a fire in the centre, run it for a couple of hours, and then push back to cook in it. The floor temperature is around 250 degrees C, and the air/wall temperature has hit more than 450 degrees C. A few minor cracks have appeared, but I think a coat of lime render will sort it. And I probably shouldn't have used drainpipe for the chimney, but, well...

A thin pizza gets a crispy, smoky base and bubbly cheese in under two minutes.

sean
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 15 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Looking good. I like the way that the background of the photos shows the passing of (a lot of) time.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 33659
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 15 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I photoshopped that. Whole project took a couple of hours, tops.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 43922
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 15 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Is this what we're doing when you stay at ours?

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 33659
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 15 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
Is this what we're doing when you stay at ours?


You can do as you please. I shall be chatting to your wife, and filling your kids with sweets, as normal.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 33659
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 15 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sean wrote:
Looking good. I like the way that the background of the photos shows the passing of (a lot of) time.


Actually, the base and blocks went in years (4?) ago, before the garage burnt down, but the first photo here is April 4th, this year, and the outer coat went on on May 3rd, so a month to build, once I laid the first oven brick. That's really fast for me.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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Location: yes
PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 15 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

well done .now all you need to do is build one on a trailer and you will have a portable one and no more "random chef"meals when traveling

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
Posts: 33659
Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 16 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Infrared Thermometer for just 12.99. Check it out: https://www.aldi.co.uk/p/093654061213800

Crucial geekiness for running an efficient pizza oven.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 43922
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 16 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We used an IR thermometer to check the heat on our pit roast, 352C before we stuck the meat in and covered.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 5834
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 16 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

This was built at the International Ceramics Festival 2015 at Aberystwyth by two potters...




(I took a photo of the instructions that they displayed for all..unfortunately that is 3mb...)

The pizzas were tasty

frewen



Joined: 08 Sep 2005
Posts: 11297

PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 16 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm getting my coat and coming to yours for dinner!

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